Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Council to inspect headstones in 115 cemeteries following death of young Glasgow boy

Councillor John Wincott looks around Leslie Cemetery.
Councillor John Wincott looks around Leslie Cemetery.

Fife Council is to inspect headstones in 115 cemeteries in the wake of the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy in Glasgow.

Workers will spend the next year carrying out safety checks on an estimated 110,000 stones across the region.

The move was announced 19 months after Ciaran Williamson, eight, was crushed to death by a falling tombstone as he played in a city graveyard with friends.

Up to 900 headstones were found to be unsafe following an inspection by Glasgow City Council in the days after the youngster’s death.

In a bid to prevent a similar catastrophe in Fife, squads will be instructed to lay flat any stone deemed a danger.

Councillor John Wincott, the council’s spokesman for environment and transportation, said the pilot would take place over 12 months.

There are fears, however, that the exercise may take much longer than predicted and that the cash-strapped local authority may not actually have the resources to tackle any issues found.

Mr Wincott said budgets would be looked at once the extent of the problem was known.

“We are currently starting a pilot exercise which means we will be able to estimate the resource implications for any remedial work,” he said.

“It’s important to make sure cemeteries are safe.

“Once we have an idea of the resources we need we will make sure that work is done.

“If any headstones are found to be dangerous then they will be laid down to remove the danger.”

Councillor Elizabeth Riches said the issue was a very serious one.

“We’re talking about 110,000 headstones,” she said.

“How many people will be employed doing this, what are their qualifications to ascertain what’s to be done and, if we try to approach families connected with these unstable headstones, what plans can be made if the don’t come forward or if there are no living family members left?”

Mr Wincott said there were currently no plans to contact families.

“Part of the trial project we are running will establish the size of the issue,” he said.

Once the initial inspections are complete, the council will consider a publicity campaign to tell the public what is to happen.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]